Democrats won control of the US House of Representatives in Tuesday, November 6, 2018 midterm elections. This has empowered them with the opportunity to block President Donald Trump’s agenda and open his administration to intense scrutiny.
Two years after he won the White House, President Trump and his fellow Republicans expanded their majority in the U.S. Senate following a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues.
However with the Republican Party losing its majority in the House, the results represented a bitter setback for President Trump after a campaign that became a referendum on his leadership.
Though some races still undecided, Democrats appeared headed to a gain of more than 30 seats, well beyond the 23 they needed to claim their first majority in the 435-member House in eight years.
With this, the newly empowered House Democrats will have the ability to investigate President Trump’s tax returns, possible business conflicts of interest and allegations involving his 2016 campaign’s links to Russia.
They also could force President Trump to scale back his legislative ambitions, possibly dooming his promises to fund a border wall with Mexico, pass a second major tax-cut package or carry out his hardline policies on trade.
A simple House majority would be enough to impeach Trump if evidence surfaces that he obstructed justice or that his 2016 campaign colluded with Russia. But Congress could not remove him from office without a conviction by a two-thirds majority in the Republican-controlled Senate.
House Democrats could be banking on launching an investigation using the results of US Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s already 18-month-old probe of allegations of Russian interference on President Trump’s behalf in the 2016 presidential election. Moscow denies meddling and President Trump denies any collusion.
Addressing cheering Democrats at a Washington victory party, Nancy Pelosi, said:
“Thanks to you, tomorrow will be a new day in America”. She said that House Democrats would be a check on President Trump.
“We will have a responsibility to find our common ground where we can, stand our ground where we can’t”.
Despite his party losing the House, President Trump wrote on Twitter, “Tremendous success tonight.”
President Trump called Pelosi, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and several of the Republican winners.